Mumbai’s Airport Gets Upgraded to First Class

How a gateway to India was built on a wickedly complex site.

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Nov 29, 2018 · 5 min read
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Chhatrapati Shivaji International Terminal just prior to completion. Photo by Robert Polidori.
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Informal settlements ring the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport perimeter, leaving no easy solutions for expansion. Packed within 1,400 acres—roughly a quarter of the size of airports in Delhi and Hyderabad—CSIA’s land constraints are extreme by any standard. Photo by Robert Polidori.
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A quick trip through the evolution of the site.
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Moving the terminal to the north and pinching in the headhouse allowed for an expanded number of gates, and increased airside space for planes to taxi. Image © SOM
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Left: A portion of the original terminal intersects partially completed sections of the new terminal’s southwest pier. Photo courtesy of MIAL. Right: A construction staging area sits between the old central roadway and an active airfield. Photo by Robert Polidori.
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Construction work surrounds the statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the 17th-century king after whom the Mumbai airport is named. Photo courtesy of MIAL.
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Inside the new terminal’s main ticketing hall. Photo by Robert Polidori, courtesy of MIAL.

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